Rutherford is the brand name of J Rutherford (Earlston) Limited.
Rutherford opened in Earlston in 1911 as Millwrights and Agricultural Engineers. From that day to this the company has been family owned. Today Mrs Ann Rutherford and her daughter Mrs Jane Millar, who is Chief Executive, own the business.
John Wilson, as Group Managing Director, is responsible for the daily running of the company. He joined us in 1976 and became Managing Director in 1999. John heads up a senior management team of Keith Roberston ( Group Sales Manager) and Derek Campbell ( Group Sales & Service Manager). We also have a managment team who are responsible for the day to day running of the diverse operation. The company employs approx 45 staff many of whom have been with us since leaving school. Staff loyalty to the company is very strong and some have over 40 years service. The company ethos is to provide employment and security to staff and give them the opportunity to develop their careers.
Rutherford's Head Office is at Rhymers Mill in Earlston, which comprises a main office building, Agricultural workshops and Parts department, and also our Car workshops. Our Car Showroom and Esso Forecourt are on the A68 road adjacent to the ancient Rhymers Tower. We have further agricultural branch at East Linton on Dunbar Road where we have traded since 2001.
The Head Office building at Rhymers Mill has a showroom on the ground floor for trailers, ATVs , smaller agricultural items and groundcare products. The first floor houses our offices and administration staff. We also have a meeting/training room available to allow product presentations and 'in house' training.
Rutherford SEAT & ISUZU Dealership - Motor Division
Rutherford has been in the car business since the 1950s and has been a SEAT dealer since 1988, which makes it the longest standing dealer in Scotland. The recent addition is our ISUZU Pick up Dealership and our all makes Valueline Used Cars.
Rutherford have ten dedicated members of staff in the motor division and this business has grown year upon year; we now sell 400 new and used cars per annum. Steven Gillanders is our SEAT Brand Sales Manager and Bill Mitchelhill heads up the ISUZU Dealership & Valueline Used Car Sales Manager. Bryan Moore, After Sales Manager, is in charge of the after sales team - all based in the showroom at Rhymers Tower Service Station.
Rutherford Agricultural Division
The core business for Rutherford is agricultural engineering and the dealerships held cover a large spectrum of the machinery business; these include CASE IH tractors and combines, Lely grass equipment and Welger balers, Arctic Cat ATVs, Kawasaki ATVs and power products, Honda ATVs ( only at East Linton Branch), Rabe cultivation equipment and Teagle Straw Shredders / feeders. Within the agricultural side of the business we are also distributors for Ifor Williams Trailers covering the South of Scotland, this department is branded "Rutherford Trailer Centres" with displays at all branches. Keith Robertson heads up the sales operation as Agricultural Group Sales Manager with Derek Campbell, who is responsible for the after sales departments along with supporting Sales, as Agricultural Group Sales & Service Manager.
Filling Station - Rhymers Tower Service Station
The filling station and forecourt at Rhymers Tower has been an Esso dealer since 1962. Here we have a staff of seven who are headed up by Forecourt Manager Michael Spink. The forecourt shop has been developed over the years and stock a vast selection of goods including an Off Licence offering a range of Wines, Beers and Spirts - recent additon is the National Lottery - check our Filling Station website for up to date details of the goods and services available at Rhymers Tower Service Station on the main A68 truck Road. We now offer Fuel 24 hours 7 days a week.